Monthly Archives: November 2010

LINK: SeriousEats.com’s Pie Fries

I love cooking. It is something that both relaxes me and provides almost instant gratification and occasionally disappointment. However, I don’t bake much. My last attempt at a cheesecake for a co-worker’s birthday seemed like an epic failure when I looked in the oven and the cheesecake had risen so much that it was almost touching the ceiling of the oven. It actually turned out decent after I let it cool for a while but I was still a little hesitant about serving it at the office birthday party. Everyone said that it tasted good but that could have been from the 50 Heath bars that I crushed and covered the top of the cheesecake with.

Either way, I thought I would share this little dessert that I just found on SeriousEats.com’s CakeSpy blog. If you have leftover pie crust, you can make these little guys that look like ridiculously good and they look like I might actually be able to bake them without screwing it  up. All you gotta do is just the excess pie crust into steak fry-sized strips and then brush them with butter and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon. After you place it on a sheet and bake it, you can create a dipping sauce using the ingredients from your favorite pie or cobbler. It could be good with an icing if you are trying to get super fat.

SeriousEats.com’s Pie Fries Recipe

Let us know if you try out this recipe and how it tasted.

ROAD TRIP: Duke’s Bar-B-Q – Waltersboro, SC

Each year, my family takes a road trip down to Jacksonville, FL to visit family over Thanksgiving. We have traditionally stopped at quick stop places like Wendy’s or Subway or something similar so we could get back on the road as fast as possible. We planned on picking up some $5 foot longs which no one really wanted but figured that it would be decent road trip food.

We pulled off of I-95 on exit 57 in Walterboro, SC looking for the Subway that we saw on the restaurant sign before the exit. As we pulled down the exit ramp, my dad noticed a billboard for a place called Duke’s Bar-B-Q. It had a picture of a cartoon pig and we all immediately agreed that it sounded a whole helluva lot better than Subway. It was about two miles off of the exit which normally doesn’t fly for the Brinson family but we decided to make the time to try it out.

BEER: Natty Greene’s Alchemist’s (Trial Batch) – 11/16/10

I know that this blog is called Eat It, North Carolina but I like to drink it, too, so I am going to start doing some beer, wine and other local drinks from North Carolina. I am going to try to cover some things like brewery tours and wine tastings. I hope you will enjoy reading about this stuff as much as I enjoy drinking it and writing about it.

North Carolina has a lot of kickass breweries across the state especially since the huge microbrew explosion that has  happened in the recent years. Chances are that you probably only know about 10% to 20% of them unless you are a hophead. Some of my current favorite breweries are Foothills in Winston-Salem, Mother Earth in Kinston and Highlands in Asheville.

I live a couple of miles away from Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. in Greensboro and have grown very fond of their beer as well as the food and brewpub atmosphere. About two weeks ago, I headed down to grab some beers with two friends, Stafford and Big Erv, while they were in town for business. I normally go for ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ black & tan which uses their ‘General Stout’ and their seasonal ‘Full Moon IPA’ which they didn’t have on draft at the time.

REVIEW: Zorba’s Gyro On A Spit – Hope Mills

Zorba's in Hope Mills

Unassuming strip mall location

I live and work in Fayetteville, but go to Hope Mills for haircuts. Don’t judge, once you find someone you like, you stick with them!

On my latest trip, I happened to stop at lunch for one of the offshoot “Zorba’s” that spawned in the ever-growing area of Hope Mills . I’ve been to the original on Raeford Rd. in Fayetteville many times.

I was glad to have the opportunity to give this location a try. Pulling up is hard because the location is borderline hidden because the shopping center is small and non-descript.

The original location is something of an institution and from what I have heard, their two new locations are upholding the tradition so I went in with high hopes.

There was a good size lunch crowd. It was noisy enough that I even thought to try to record the din because it reminded me so much of a traditional diner with all the sounds of people conversing, meals being prepared, etc. The audio did not come out, but believe me it was great.

REVIEW: Lindley Park Filling Station – Greensboro

Lindley Park Filling Station has been one of the hot spots at the intersection of Elam and Walker in Greensboro for the past 2+ years. The Filling Station, as it is known locally, has also been one of my go-to restaurants since it opened in late 2007 right around the time when I moved to Greensboro.

The Filling Station is the brainchild of restaurant owner, Sarah Keith, and executive chef, Chris Blackburn, who had worked together at Emerywood Fine Foods in High Point for a few years which I frequented. Their killer combination of fantastic management and great food is the key to success.

Lindley Park is a great place to drink, too. They have an ever-changing beer collection which consists of a lot of great small breweries across the nation as well as the staples at every bar. I have definitely found some of my new favorite beers in there. Their wine menu is very nice yet affordable so don’t forget to check that out, too. I have spent many a night in there trying new beers and eating good food. The environment at The Filling Station is great with some awesome tunes and good people.

REVIEW: B’s Barbecue – Greenville

I am pretty sure that both B's & all of eastern North Carolina spell barbecue correctly but it looks like someone in Pitt County's municipal system messed it up and tossed a Q in it's name.

Since the late 1970’s, B’s Barbecue and the McLawhorn family have been serving some of eastern North Carolina’s finest barbecue to the locals and everyone else that has had B’s recommended to them as one of the best examples of what eastern North Carolina barbecue should be. Located about 5 minutes from downtown Greenville, B’s Barbecue is housed in an old building that a lot of people consider a shack.

Each day, B’s Barbecue cooks up a limited amount of pork and chicken (I think about 40 hogs and 240 chickens per week). After the last plate of barbecue is sold each day, they close up shop. If you aren’t in line at the restaurant before 11:30 a.m., chances are that you won’t be eating B’s that day.

The whole hogs are cooked by Dexter Sharrod and the chickens are cooked by Dallas Moore in a building just behind the restaurant on an open pit with charcoal using wood to add a flavor to the meat. The barbecue smell from B’s permeates the air for miles and probably attracts about as many customers as they get from word of mouth.

REVIEW: Corner Grill – High Point

On the outskirts of High Point, there is an old school burger joint called the Corner Grill that serves some of the city’s best burgers. It is open six days a week for breakfast and lunch but I haven’t made it during the morning yet although I have heard great things about it.

The building used to be a gas station and country store from back in the day and the set up hasn’t changed much since then. The interior of the restaurant is quaint with about 12 tables scattered throughout the restaurant, a small TV in the corner, a bunch of collegiate pennants and a couple of framed pictures from High Point’s history.

REVIEW: Finch’s Family Restaurant – Raleigh


Finch’s Restaurant is a little hole-in-the-wall joint in Raleigh located “inside the beltline” on Peace Street right off of Capital Blvd. The restaurant resides in an old school drive-in restaurant’s skeleton and has been there since 1945. Pollock and Chesson, my friends that took me here, told me that it has been a local hot spot for a cheap breakfast and a tasty meat & two vegetables plate for a while.

We went on a Saturday morning around 10 a.m. before heading down to Greenville to watch East Carolina whip up on Marshall during a nice afternoon game. The restaurant was buzzing with people from all walks of life and everyone was in the mood to get a tasty breakfast.

One thing that stood out to me about Finch’s was their coffee cups. Unlike traditional breakfast places, the coffee cups were the kind that you would find in anyone’s kitchen. I have been told that locals bring in random coffee cups to add to the collection. My coffee cup was from The Weakest Link. It is a pretty cool idea because I could see someone eating there 20 times and never getting the same cup twice.

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